Reggio Emilia Comes to HSS Kindergarten
How exciting! After much professional reading and research, Holy Spirit School has adopted many of the philosophies and practices of ‘Reggio Emilia’. Developed by Loris Malaguzzi and parents of villages in and around the town of Reggio Emilia, in Italy, after World War 2, and influenced by psychologists and philosophers; Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardiner and Bruner to name a few, our Kindergarten resonates a calming, natural and relaxed atmosphere. It is fundamentally based around certain values about how our children learn. It values each and every child as; strong, capable, curious and resilient and a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their full potential. At Holy Spirit School, we provide children with endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
We believe that children are ‘knowledge bearers’, and as such are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about everything (haven’t things changed!). Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, we see children as having an active role in their learning. Teachers are seen more as ‘Co-learners’ or facilitators of learning – certainly not as ‘Instructors’. Much of the learning is in the form of ‘hands-on projects, where children have opportunities to; explore, observe, hypothesise, question and discuss. We have termed this exciting approach to learning as ‘DISCOVERY TIME’. Children learn the best through experiences of touching, moving, seeing, listening and hearing.
Aesthetics also play an important role in the ‘Reggio’ model of kindergarten. Our Learning Space is larger than standard classrooms and incorporates a much loved Covered Outdoor area. Natural light is embraced, the colour scheme is predominately neutral and the furniture is natural wood grains. Visitors to our school describe the learning environments as; calming, relaxed, engaged and alive!
Read more at the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange…